Today I wanted to bring you something a little different and share some inspiration for more natural wedding hairstyles, many of which I feel have that hint of a bygone era. From romantic historical novels to Mediaveal woodlands, pre-war country cottages to Grecian shores.
Undoubtedly I’m looking at all these styles and what they evoke for me through very rose tinted spectacles, but then again what’s the harm in that? These natural hair styles are here to inspire you for your wedding day, not to recreate in perfect detail a historic look.
Inspiration for natural wedding hair styles
It’s not much of a secret here on the blog that I love inspiration that evokes childhood memories, in particular books with beautiful illustrations such as Brambly Hedge. Another collection of books I loved as a little girl were the Flower Fairies (anyone else?), my mum even made me a celandine flower fairy dressing up outfit that I decided I would have recreated for my bridesmaids when I got married one day – needless to say this didn’t happen.
This hair style below, with its loose waves, twists of hair pinned up and delicate floral decoration, reminds me of those Flower Fairy books, but a more grown up version. I imagine with this simple style that it’s all about getting your hair looking beautiful because you are doing so little to it.
What a mouthful – a big, blousy, romantic, pink peony wedding cake. But it is all of those things, and incredibly pretty. I waver between loving cakes that are rustic, quirky and romantic – it’s a good job my wedding’s behind me and I don’t have to pick another wedding cake, I wouldn’t know where to start!
I have really loved seeing in the past year so many wedding cakes decorated with fresh flowers. This cake could have been a bit too girlie with the ruffly pink peonies, but the addition of some vibrant green foliage makes is more country garden than princess cake.
If you’re looking for a wedding cake made with love and excellent ingredients (local, fairtrade, organic, seasonal) then check out our wonderful selection of cake makers. You can also find edible flowers – both crystallised and fresh – perfect for decorating your wedding cake.
A purely self-indulgent piece of inspiration this morning, but hopefully you’ll love it as much as me. I spotted this image over on the blog from handmade British knitwear maker My-Shell Me-Shell and was instantly in-love, if that’s possible with an image. I think deep down I must be a soft romantic type, although I claim not to be.
What do I love about this image? What don’t I love more like – I love the soft light, the messy hair, the pretty dress and even the way she’s sat. I think if I was still planning my wedding this would have been bookmarked as part of my inspiration, not necessarily because I wanted to find a wedding dress like it, but just because it captures something I love, a feeling perhaps, that I would have liked to translate to my wedding day.
Last week Mr Rigg and I spent a week away in the Perigord region of France, staying in a rustic little gite on a goat farm. One of my enduring memories from our holiday is of beautiful, big blousy roses clambering everywhere in all shades of pink and peach.
I thought it would be nice to showcase some rose inspiration for weddings evoked by our trip, so I have been busy scouring the internet to bring your my favourites.
I don’t think of myself as a huge rose fan, probably because I immediately think of those tightly closed bud roses in a deep blood red colour, which aren’t really to my taste. But there are some gorgeous roses out there that I do love – the more old-fashioned and garden-grown style with big loose blooms in pretty shades. I hope you enjoy my ode to roses…
Mix old-fashioned roses with other garden finds...
A bridal bouquet of soft pink roses of varying sizes…
Aren’t you just in-love with this gorgeous flower crown creation, it’s so soft and romantic!
One of the lovely businesses listed in the directory, Fletcher and Foley, shared with me this beautiful collaborative photoshoot from a group of North West based wedding businesses – just wait ’til you see the flower crown!
Joanne from Fletcher and Foley told me that the day was planned to be “a gorgeous, romantic outdoors shoot” at Sandhole Oak Barn in Cheshire but last minute the vision was changed due to terrible weather – I think they did a fab job and I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration.
Quirky and playful illustrated wedding stationery with a mixture of modern designs and old fashioned charm
When I came across the wedding stationery created by illustrator Victoria Whincup I was certain that you would all love to see her designs too. I got in touch with Victoria and she told me that she first started doing wedding invitations when she made them for a friend, and since then hasn’t been able to stop! “I love to hear a customer’s idea and then translate it into a design. I have always drawn and painted, it’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do.”
Victoria uses paint brushes and pencils to create her designs, telling me she believes it gives a much more personal feel to the invites. “I’m a great lover of typography, so all of the text is delicately hand drawn. Colours are also definitely important when it comes to my designs, it’s nice to subtly tie in the colour theme of a wedding, or perhaps the season. Most of the tones I use are quite muted, but I am a fan of a splash of vibrant colour here and there.”
Deep jewel coloured flowers, succulents and old metal vases for a touch of Bohemian wedding inspiration
If you are looking for something a bit more sumptuous and luxurious for your wedding, then take some inspiration from this Bohemian style photoshoot from 100 Layer Cake. These are my favourite bits from the shoot, I especially love the use of different metal vases and dishes to hold the flowers above, and the combination of flowers with succulents or cactus.
I really like the combination of deep jewelled colours alongside the softer and almost dusty, aged pastels. These flowers and their burnished metal vases take me back to a past era somewhere in my imagination, they are very romantic but in a gentle way.
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